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Why Deny Women Access to the Western Wall?

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

Police barricades blocked hundreds of Women of the Wall supporters, a liberal Jewish women's group, who are demanding equality of worship at the Western Wall. Current customs prevent females from wearing prayer shawls and from praying and reading the Torah aloud, as men are permitted to do.

Why Canadian Jews Must Show Solidarity With Natives

Philippe Assouline | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Philippe Assouline

The situation Canadian Natives face is not befitting of Canadians' genuine compassion and sense of fairness. But Canadian Jews have, like American Jews during the civil rights struggle, a special duty born of shared experience to actively support First Nations' efforts "to be a free people in their own land" (from the Israeli anthem).

Anti-Semitism: A Root Cause of Terrorism

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

The root cause of terrorism is hate, and anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism is one of the greatest, most enduring of all hates. It was Daniel Patrick Moynihan...

Calling Terror by its Rightful Name

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Canadian and international media often shy away from using the word "terrorism" and its variants when discussing violence directed against Israelis, d...

Israel's Enemies Are Harming the Palestinians More Than Israel

Conrad Black | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

The overwhelming majority of people in the West are not anti-Semitic and the majority believe Israel has a right to exist, but a distressingly large number has been sold a bigoted and false misconception of the correlation of moral force in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel is not without fault, and the Palestinians deserve sympathy and support toward statehood, but they will be retarded and not helped by continuing Israelophobic misinformation on a scale that caused the otherwise inexplicable boycott of an annual Jerusalem conference by scientist Stephen Hawking.

The Fundamentalists No One Talks About

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

Here's a thought. You hate what the "fundamentalist" Muslim is doing with respect to their twisted way of treating women, then you should also be equally furious with the Haredim community because, guess what? They are doing the exact same thing.

As Prime Minister, I Supported Israel -- And I Still Do

Brian Mulroney | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Brian Mulroney

To this day, I cannot watch footage of the faces of Jewish mothers, fathers, and children consigned to the gas chambers in German concentration camps without, as a Canadian, feeling a great sense of sorrow, loss, and guilt. The government of Canada ignored not only the plight of the Jews, but also the protests of the Canadian people and the pleading of the press. Why was nothing done? Because of political expediency; because the prime minister had a visceral distrust of Jews, and in government circles an open-door policy was very unpopular. But prime ministers are not chosen to seek popularity. They are elected to provide leadership.

UBC Student Group Acts as Apologists For a Convicted Palestinian Terrorist

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is under criticism by Jewish advocacy group B'nai Brith Canada for "abdicating its responsibility to stop con...

Tories And PQ Join Forces To Keep UN Agency In Canada

CP | Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Canada's big guns threw cold water on Qatar's bid to lure away the International Civil Aviation Organization on Friday, ripping the Middle ...

Watching the Watchdog: Some Things I Don't Understand

Tim Knight | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Some things I don't understand: What happened to that absolu...

Justin Trudeau and the Federal Liberals Are Preparing to Reduce Canada's Support for Israel

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party have not decided to throw Israel under the bus, yet. For now, the Trudeau Liberals would prefer Israel move from ...

Lessons From Holocaust Remembrance Day: Don't Just Remember, Take Action

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Jeffrey Bernstein

If we Jews and all other citizens of humanity actually mean the words we speak when we say, "never again," then we must take a stand, today, and actively choose to care and to defend justice by celebrating the uncelebrated and by protecting and giving voice to the voiceless among us, and to say that hatred and intolerance, in any shape or form, no matter how small, has no place in this world.

What Does Anti-Semitism Feel Like?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

April 7 is Holocaust Memorial Day. What better time than now to expose the face of anti-Semitism. It hasn't changed much over the millennia. It is...

Bibi and Erdogan Bury the Hatchet Thanks to Obama

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

There were low expectations for the summit meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the talks were a major d...

Ex-Pink Floyd Singer Wants Musicians To Boycott Israel

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada Music

Roger Waters is asking other musicians to boycott performing in Israel in his ongoing support for the international solidarity movement for Palestine....

Barack, Take a Lesson from Bibi -- Suck it Up

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Netanyahu had until March 16 to form a majority coalition government with some of the other parties that had won seats in the last election. Did he go on the Israeli equivalent of Letterman or "The View" and whine to the Israeli people like a spoiled, self-entitled trust fund brat? No he did not. Bibi sucked it up. He swallowed his considerable pride, walked across the street and broke Matzoh with his sworn enemy, his former chief of staff, Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party. President Obama should learn from Bibi about how to craft a coalition and make government and democracy work.

Want Peace in the Middle East? Stop Piling Blood Libels on Israel

Conrad Black | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

There will be no peace in the Middle East until the region accepts the fact of the founding of Israel as a Jewish state, as the United Nations explicitly created it. And there will be no movement from the game of piling blood libels on Israel and the Jews by the majority of the world's failed countries until the world's successful countries cease to be pawns in this shameful and hypocritical ostracization -- and they end the effort, begun by the British in the Balfour Declaration in 1917, of selling the same real estate to two different parties.

Dancing with the Stars...of David

Stacey Leavitt-Wright | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Stacey Leavitt-Wright

I started out with the Aviv Dancers looking for more exercise and adult companionship, but I have found so much more in Israeli dance. Not only has it become an important expression of my Jewish heritage, but it has become a powerful way for my daughters and I to share an activity we all love.

Hall Findlay Attacks Harper On 'Blind, Unilateral Support Of Israel'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Martha Hall Findlay won't promise to run for the Liberals in the next federal election if she loses her bid to become party leader.The former...

Harry Fear Has a Message for Canadians

Amy MacPherson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Amy MacPherson

He graced our television sets with live reports from the most recent conflict between Palestine and Israel. Now that a ceasefire has been reached, British filmmaker and human rights advocate, Harry Fear, has embarked on a world talking tour. He arrived in Toronto Monday.

Don't Bar Palestine From the International Criminal Court

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

One of the most interesting fallouts from the recent Palestinian victory at the United Nations is the spotlight on the International Criminal Court. Many view the prospect of Palestinian membership in the ICC, which it is now entitled to seek, as unleashing a Pandora's box of "lawfare." This premise is based on a flawed understanding of how the Court functions.

What's Really Behind Harper's Support?

CBC | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada Politics

In 2010, while addressing an anti-Semitism conference in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched into a full-throttle defence of Israel, saying...

Half Of Us Would Prefer They Butt Out

CBC | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Politics

Nearly half of Canadians polled would prefer the federal government be neutral when it comes to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a new poll sug...

Israel's Settlement Plan Not Helpful To Peace: Baird

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Israel's plan to build new settlements on territory claimed by the Palestinians is not helping the c...

Will Canada Cut Off Palestine?

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government pledged Tuesday night to preserve hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.The ...